Birds of the World Keyword List

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Birds of the World keyword list is a keywords file created by professional photographers to simplify wildlife keywording workflow. It contains keywords for nearly 30,000 species and corresponding subspecies of birds around the world and includes not only common names, but also genus / species names, full taxonomic structure, descriptive terms, colors, behaviors, and more. Be sure to check out ourblog, where we post breaking news and user reviews.

Searchable by common name or part of the common name, the keyword list ensures that you will never again have to type in long pseudo-latin scientific names when keywording your images in Aperture* or Lightroom. In addition, a number of other taxonomic names such as the kingdom, phylum, class, order, family and other sub-categories exist as parent keywords and are automatically applied when you tag your image.

Birds of the World keyword list can currently be imported into both Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture without adversely affecting your current keyword database. Upon import, the keywords are available for immediate use in keywording your marine wildlife images.

Birds of the World keyword list sells for $24.99 and is available as a direct download.

If you are primarily interested in North American birds, we also offer a smaller list called Birds of North America for $15.99. The Birds of North America list contains keywords for over 2,000 species and corresponding subspecies of birds from; the mainland contiguous 48 United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central America to the Panama/Columbia border, Hawaii, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Greenland is not included in our covered geographic region.

We also offer a trial version of the North American keyword list: approximately 1000 keywords, including sample species, colors, descriptive terms and body parts.

Buy Birds of the World for $24.99:

Buy Birds of the North America for $15.99 or download the free trial version:

Compatible with Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture

Birds of the World keyword list imports into your Lightroom and Aperture library easily and live side-by-side with your existing keywords.

Import Birds of the World keywords into Lightroom and immediately have access to keywords for nearly 30,000 species and corresponding subspecies of birds.

Import Birds of the World keywords into Lightroom and immediately have access to keywords for nearly 30,000 species and corresponding subspecies of birds.

Aperture import

Aperture import

Go to our support pages for directions on how to import the keywords list into your Lightroom or Aperture library, and for usage tips on both platforms.

Disclaimer

Note that Birds of the World keywords is a standalone product that may or may not be updated in the future. Birds of the World keywords is a working photographer’s tool meant to simplify keywording for the bird photographer and enthusiast. It should not be considered to be scientific reference material. Animal taxonomy and classifications change from time to time; keeping up with them would be more than a full-time job!

If we do elect to do an update in the future, we will make an announcement using our mailing list. Join our mailing list.

Notes about Apple Aperture

Automatic tagging of parent keywords exists in Lightroom only. Although Aperture is aware that a keyword exists in a hierarchy, it currently requires manual selection of parent keywords for tagging. Aperture also only searches keyword lists from the beginning of a keyword, meaning that if you search for “tern”, Aperture will not return “common tern” in your list of search results. See our support pages for hints on how to use Birds of the World with Aperture.

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